Thursday, 21 February 2019 12:23

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As one of the world's premium smartphone makers, under attack from clever Chinese challengers and the almighty Apple, Samsung has brought forth its most powerful range yet.

Samsung has launched five new smartphones for the first half of 2019, the new Galaxy Fold (which you can read about and see here), and the S10e, the S10, the S10+ and the S10 5G. 

This doesn't include Samsung's stylus-equipped Note 10 range which is due to arrive in about six months, and which will feature an Unpacked launch event of its own.

There's also yet another Samsung smartphone launched this year too, being the 4G-enabled Samsung Tab S5e tablet, although I'm just being clever in that regard, and which you can read about here.

So, Samsung is swimming in smartphones, and none of this includes the mid-range A, J and other Galaxy branded smartphones that Samsung will launch throughout the year, although its Galaxy S and Note ranges are its clear highest-end flagships, joined by the Fold which creates a new category.

Samsung itself naturally states that is is "celebrating a decade since the launch of the first Galaxy S" and has "introduced a new line of premium smartphones: Galaxy S10".

Proudly boasting of "four unique devices, the Galaxy S10 line is engineered to meet the distinct needs of today’s smartphone market, so consumers can do more of what they love. Each device delivers a next-generation experience in the categories consumers care about most: groundbreaking innovations in display, camera and performance.

"A testament to a decade of innovations, Galaxy S10 is designed for those who want a premium smartphone with powerful performance and sets the stage for the next generation of mobile experiences. For consumers looking for a supercharged device, Galaxy S10+ takes every spec — from display, to camera, to performance — to the next level. Galaxy S10e is built for those who want all the premium essentials in a compact package on a flat screen.

"Finally, Galaxy S10 5G is created for those who want more of everything and are ready for the fastest available speeds and the most powerful features. Featuring the all-new Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation camera, and intelligent performance, the Galaxy S10 line offers consumers more choices and sets a new standard for the smartphone".

D.J. Koh, president and chief executive of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, said: “Since its launch 10 years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them.

“Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology.”

Garry McGregor, vice-president of IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia, said: “The Galaxy S10 is a culmination of 10 years of smartphone innovation from Samsung. This smartphone represents a milestone in power and design and it will empower Australians to do, see, feel and experience more using their mobile phone.

“The new Galaxy S10 line will offer four unique variants of the Galaxy S10, so Australians can find the exact device that’s right for them. Across the portfolio, we’re delivering the latest innovation in display, camera and performance that consumers want and expect from Samsung.

“The Galaxy S10 range is designed and engineered for those who want a next-generation, premium Galaxy experience: A re-engineered dynamic display, camera technology that makes it easier to take amazing photos and performance that’s optimised for the way we use our phones today.”

Videos, more detail and specs are below, but here's more local availability and pricing info:

Samsung Australia states: "The Galaxy S10 range of smartphones will be available to pre-order in Australia from 9.00am AEDT on February 21, 2019. Customers who pre-order a Galaxy S10 from participating retailers between 9am AEDT 21 February and midnight AEDT 7 March will be eligible to receive a bonus set of Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds (RRP $249).

"The on-sale date for the Galaxy S10 range of smartphones in Australia is 8 March."

Australian Pricing for the Galaxy S10 range:

  • Galaxy S10e (128GB), available in Prism Green, Prism Black, Prism White: RRP $1,199
  • Galaxy S10 (128GB), available in Prism Green, Prism Black, Prism White: RRP $1,349
  • Galaxy S10 (512GB), available in Prism Green, Prism Black, Prism White: RRP $1,699
  • Galaxy S10+ (128GB), available in Prism Green, Prism Black, Prism White: RRP $1,499
  • Galaxy S10+ (512GB), available in Ceramic Black, Ceramic White: RRP $1,849
  • Galaxy S10+ (1TB), available in Ceramic Black, Ceramic White: RRP $2,399

Here are three videos, being the new one-minute TV commercial, the four-minute introduction and the full Unpacked 2019 keynote in San Francisco – the article continues below:

Galaxy S10 Official TVC: The Next Generation Galaxy:

Galaxy S10: Official Introduction video

The full Samsung Unpacked 2019 video: 

Here's more detail on the S10 range, from Samsung's media release:

Introducing the Dynamic AMOLED Display: Full Screen Experience with Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

Galaxy S10 is made with Samsung’s best screen yet, the world’s first Dynamic AMOLED display. As the first HDR10+-certified smartphone, the display delivers vivid digital content, and with dynamic tone mapping, you’ll see a wider range of colour for a brilliant, realistic picture. Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display is also VDE-certified for vibrant bright colours and extraordinary contrast ratio for even deeper blacks and brighter whites.

  • Verified by DisplayMate, you’ll also enjoy exceptionally accurate colours on your mobile device3– even in harsh sunlight. What’s more, the Dynamic AMOLED display also reduces blue light through its TÜV Rheinland-certified Eye Comfort display4 without compromising picture quality or adding a filter.
  • The result of a groundbreaking engineering process, Galaxy S10’s unique Infinity-O Display packs an array of sensors and camera technology into a hole-in display – so you can maximize your screen real estate without any distractions.
  • Galaxy S10’s Dynamic AMOLED display also includes the first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner5 that reads the 3D contours of your physical thumbprint – not a 2D image of it – for improved anti-spoofing. With the world’s first FIDO Alliance Biometric Component certification, this next generation biometrics authentication offers vault-like security to keep your device safe.

Pro-Grade Camera

Building on Samsung’s camera leadership of Dual Pixel and Dual Aperture firsts, Galaxy S10 introduces new camera technology and advanced intelligence that makes it easy to take epic shots and videos:

  • Ultra Wide Lens: A first for the S Series, Galaxy S10 offers an Ultra Wide Lens with a 123-degree field of view, like the human eye, so what you see is what’s in frame. Perfect for impressive landscape shots, big panoramas and even fitting the entire extended family into the photo, the Ultra Wide Lens ensures that you’ll always be able to capture the full scene.
  • Super Steady & High-Quality Video Recording: Galaxy S10 offers Super Steady recording with digital stabilisation technology. Whether you’re dancing in the middle of an amazing concert or trying to record every detail of a bumpy bike ride, Super Steady allows you to capture the moment. Both front and rear cameras can shoot in up to UHD quality, and in an industry first, the rear camera gives you the flexibility to record in HDR10+.
  • AI Camera: Galaxy S10 makes already smart features more accurate with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) so you can get pro-grade shots worth sharing without having to manually select any advanced camera settings. Scene Optimiser can now recognise and more accurately process additional scenes because of the NPU. And with Shot Suggestion, Galaxy S10 offers automatic composition recommendations so you can frame your photo better than ever.

Intelligent Performance Features to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Phone

Galaxy S10 is built with premium hardware and machine-learning-based software that works hard so you don’t have to. From brand new power sharing capabilities to AI-powered performance enhancement and Intelligent Wi-Fi, Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s most intelligent device yet, from the inside out.

  • Wireless PowerShare: Samsung introduces Wireless PowerShare on Galaxy S10, making it possible to easily charge Qi-certified smartphones and even compatible wearable devices. In addition, Galaxy S10 is capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare, while connected to a regular charger, enabling you to leave your second charger at home while on a trip.
  • Intelligent Performance: The new AI software on the Galaxy S10 automatically optimises battery, CPU, RAM, and even device temperature based on how you use your phone and continues to learn and get better over time. Leveraging AI-capabilities, Galaxy S10 also learns how you use your device to launch your most frequently used apps faster.
  • Intelligent Wi-Fi: Galaxy S10 comes with Intelligent Wi-Fi that allows for an uninterrupted and safe connection by seamlessly switching between Wi-Fi and LTE, as well as alerting you of potentially risky Wi-Fi connections. Galaxy S10 also supports the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, making it possible for better Wi-Fi performance when connected to a compatible router.
  • Bixby Routines: On Galaxy S10, Bixby automates your routines and provides personalised recommendations to make your life easier. With pre-set and personalised routines, such as Driving and Before Bed routines, which are customised based on your habits, Galaxy S10 makes things simpler by automatically reducing device touches and cutting steps out of your day.

A New Era of 5G Connectivity

Just as it did with 2G, 3G and 4G, Samsung is leading the way with 5G—working with major carriers to develop and deploy 5G networking technology. Now, Samsung is putting the power of 5G in consumers’ hands with Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung’s first flagship 5G smartphone. With Galaxy S10 5G, consumers on a 5G network can download a full season of a TV show in minutes, play graphics-rich cloud games with virtually no lag, enjoy enhanced VR and AR experiences and stay in touch with friends and family via real-time 4K video calls.

To take full advantage of 5G connectivity, Galaxy S10 5G features the largest-ever Galaxy S series display, the 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display; Samsung’s 3D Depth Camera for 3D-image capturing to power Video Live focus and Quick Measure; powered by 4,500mAh with Super Fast Charging at 25W.

The Best Comes Standard: Galaxy Foundation and Next Level Ecosystem

The Galaxy S10 line offers everything you have come to expect from the Galaxy S series and more— including Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, IP68 water and dust resistance, a next-generation processor and Samsung services like Bixby, Samsung Health, Samsung Pay and Samsung DeX. You will get the largest storage capacity available on a Galaxy device – the S10+ even comes with 1TB of built-in storage11 – and the ability to add an additional 512GB microSD card for up to 1.5TB.

  • Speed: Galaxy S10 gives you the capability to access next-generation Wi-Fi 6, which gives you prioritised and four times faster access14 over other users in crowded areas, like an airport. Experience lightning fast LTE for downloading and browsing capable of up to 2.0 Gbps for the first time ever.
  • Gaming: Engineered for the best possible gaming experience, Galaxy S10 is built with AI-based on-device gaming performance optimisation software and premium hardware including Dolby Atmos for gaming mode and a vapour chamber cooling system. Galaxy S10 is also the first mobile device to be optimised for games created on the Unity platform.
  • Security: Galaxy S10 is built with defence-grade Samsung Knox, as well as a secure storage backed by hardware, which houses your private keys for blockchain-enabled mobile services.

For more information about Galaxy S10, visit the Samsung Mobile Press site, the Galaxy News site or the US Samsung Galaxy site or the Australian Samsung site here.

Galaxy S10 range Product Specifications 

Display:

(*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners.)

Galaxy S10e:

  • 5.8-inch, Full HD+ Flat Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (522ppi)

Galaxy S10:

  • 6.1-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (550ppi)
  • *Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.

Galaxy S10+:

  • 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (438ppi)
  • *Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.

Galaxy S10 5G:

  • 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi)
  • *Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in Settings.

Camera:

Galaxy S10e:

  • Rear: Dual Camera with OIS - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
    - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
    - 0.5X optical zoom, up to 8X digital zoom
  • Front:
    - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)

Galaxy S10:

  • Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS
    - Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
    - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
    - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
    - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
  • Front:
    - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)

Galaxy S10+:

  • Rear: Triple Camera with Dual OIS
    - Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
    - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
    - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
    - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
  • Front: Dual Camera
    - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
    - RGB Depth: 8MP FF, F2.2 (90°)

Galaxy S10 5G:

  • Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS
    - Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°)
    - Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°)
    - Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123°)
    - 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom
    - 3D Depth: hQVGA
  • Front:
    - Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°)
    - 3D Depth: hQVGA

Body:

Galaxy S10e:

  • 69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm, 150g

Galaxy S10:

  • 70.4 x 149.9 x 7.8mm, 157g

Galaxy S10+:

  • 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm, 175g (Ceramic: 198g)

Galaxy S10 5G:

  • 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm 198g

AP Processor (CPU) for Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and S105G

  • 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
  • 8nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.7 GHz + 2.3 GHz + 1.9 GHz)
  • *May differ by market and mobile operator.

Memory and Storage:

(*May differ by market and mobile operator. *User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed.)

Galaxy S10e:

  • 6GB/8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/256GB
  • *MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

Galaxy S10:

  • 8GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB
  • *(MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

Galaxy S10+:

  • 8GB/12GB RAM (LPDDR4X), 128GB/512GB/1TB
  • *MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)

Galaxy S10 5G:

  • 8GB + 256GB
  • *(No MicroSD)

SIM Card for Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+:

  • Single: one Nano SIM and one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
  • Dual(Hybrid): one Nano SIM and one Nano SIM or one MicroSD slot (up to 512GB)
  • *May differ by market and mobile operator. *MicroSD card sold separately.

SIM Card for Galaxy S10 5G:

  • 1 SIM

Battery:

Galaxy S10e:

  • 3,100mAh (typical)

Galaxy S10:

  • 3,400mAh (typical)

Galaxy S10+:

  • 4,100mAh (typical)

Galaxy S10 5G:

  • 4,500mAh (typical)

For the Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+:

  • Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless
  • Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
  • Wireless PowerShare
  • *Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC
  • *Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA *May differ by market and mobile operator.

For the Galaxy S10 5G:

  • Super Fast Charging compatible on wired with QC2.0, AFC and PD3.0
  • Fast Charging compatible on wireless Improved wireless charging speeds with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0
  • Wireless PowerShare

OS

  • Android 9.0 (Pie)

Network:

For the Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+:

  • Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
  • 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload
  • *May differ by market and mobile operator.

For the Galaxy S10 5G:

  • Enhanced 4x4 MIMO, Up to 7CA, LAA, LTE Cat.20
  • 2.0Gbps download, 150Mbps Upload + None Standalone (NSA), Sub6 / mmWave (28G,39G)
  • *May differ by market and mobile operator.

Connectivity for the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+ and S10 5G:

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
  • 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload
  • *May differ by market and mobile operator.
  • Bluetooth v 5.0, ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, Location (GPS, Galileo*, Glonass, BeiDou*)
  • *Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.

Payment

  • NFC, MST
  • *May differ by market and mobile operator.

Sensors:

Galaxy S10e:

  • Accelerometer, Barometer, Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor

Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G:

  • Accelerometer, Barometer, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor

Authentication:

  • Lock Type: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password 
  • Biometric Lock Types: Fingerprints, Face

Audio:

  • Stereo speakers and earphones: Sound by AKG
  • Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)

Audio Playback Format:

  • MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE

Video:

  • MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

As per usual, Samsung reminds us that "All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice".

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